Holiday homes in Adelaide | Where to book and where to stay

Beach houses, city apartments and wine retreats for when your run-of-the-mill hotel won't do

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More than a city of churches, Adelaide is a city of culture. Tourists and locals alike flock to this mecca in autumn for music, culture, sports and food festivals.

In other months you can bask on quiet beaches and cosy up in nearby wineries. Keen on exploring this burgeoning city? Make a stand and play it differently with a holiday homestay.

Where to book holiday homes in Adelaide Best for apartments
On top of traditional hotel, resort and motel options, has a wide variety of apartments, aparthotels and holiday homes on offer. This is a fantastic option for when you want amenities but still want space as apartments – even in Adelaide CBD – can have gyms, pools and parking spaces.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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HomeAway: Best for couples
The beauty about Adelaide is that you can still find homes right on the city's frame and HomeAway is the place to suss these out. Discover cosy brick cottages with gardens and fireplaces you can have all to yourself in the leafy North Adelaide.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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Stayz: Best for beach houses
From Port Adelaide and West Lakes to Henley Beach and Glenelg, Stayz has holiday homes where the walk from your front door to the beach is practically non-existent. As for the price? You can have that beachhouse all to yourself for under $150 a night.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees are included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay on a date set by your host
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Airbnb: Best for choice
With over 300+ properties to pick from in Adelaide CBD alone, you will be spoiled for choice with Airbnb. Choose from historic inner city apartments to sky-high penthouses that overlook the River Torrens.
  • Free cancellations
  • Taxes and fees aren’t always included in the price
  • You’ll need to pay for your stay upon booking

How did we pick these Adelaide stays?

Our editorial team selected these Adelaide stays on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences in Adelaide to make recommendations.

Where should I stay in and around Adelaide?

  • For events: The city's biggest festivals occur in March as the weather is pleasant with the turn of the season. Often hailed as Mad March, Adelaide hosts arts, writers and music festivals. Stay within the CBD borders to be surrounded by it all.
  • For wineries: The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Claire Valley are all within driving distance of Adelaide. The Barossa is arguably the most well known. It's home to a stack of romantic vineyard retreats if that's your game. For somewhere quieter, Adelaide Hills and Claire Valley are more intimate wine regions.
  • For beaches: Henley and Glenelg are Adelaide's city beaches and welcome incredible sunsets over the water. To up the romance, head south down the Fleurieu Peninsula. The beaches are wide, inviting and uncrowded and you can drive on some of them, including Aldinga and Goolwa Beach.
  • For wildlife: From Adelaide, the place to go for wildlife is Kangaroo Island. With a third of its land being nature reserve, its biodiversity features kangaroos, sea lions, koalas, penguins and birds.
  • For romance: Steal yourself away from the CBD and just about everywhere else calls for romance. There are the wine regions with their cosy retreats and charming townships, the Fleurieu Peninsula with its yawning stretches of beach and Kangaroo Island with its nature hikes and striking rock formations. Head further and you can be unwinding in the natural beauty of the Eyre Peninsula where luxury accommodation meets sugar-soft beaches and panoramic ocean views.

Where to stay in Adelaide for cheap

Adelaide is by no means an expensive city to sleep in. Throughout the city you can find a wide range of accommodation for a wide range of prices.

For cheap stays in the CBD, look for private rooms in shared apartments.

Prefer your own space? Aim for the city's fringes for private apartments or consider staying in the suburbs of Camden Park or Glenelg South. The city is still accessible by public transport though you'll have to factor in some extra time.

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Where to stay in Adelaide for luxury

Penthouse city apartments, waterfront properties in Glenelg and light-filled retreats in Adelaide Hills are where you need to be in order to live it up. Look out for outdoor pools, ocean or skyline views, jacuzzi or spa and multiple balconies for something quite exceptional.

Where to stay in Adelaide for pet-friendly accommodation

The city of Adelaide is ringed by greenery, though in order to hone in on its most dog-friendly parks, stay near Wayville and Parkside in the south.

As for beaches? Henley, Semaphore, Grange-Tennyson, Thompson and O'Sullivan Beaches are some of the most pet-friendly near the city.

Click the "pet friendly" or "allows pets" filter when searching for your holiday home to pull up those that accept four-legged friends. You may also want to look for pet-flaps and yards to give your loved one the freedom to stretch out.

Frequently asked questions

  • Is it legal to stay at a holiday home in Adelaide? Yes, it's legal to stay at a holiday home in Adelaide. There are no restrictions on where you can stay although there may be restrictions on how many people may stay in each holiday home. For example, to discourage house parties Airbnb has imposed a 16-person maximum per home.
  • What do I need to bring to a holiday home in Adelaide? Outside of your standard clothes, tech and amenities, nothing, although if you're intending on visiting the wine regions you may wish to bring extra space in your luggage.
  • How do I get to my holiday home? Adelaide Airport is serviced by a public bus system. The JetExpress is an express service that operates between the airport and the CBD while the JetBus travels to the city via Glenelg and West Beach.

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